Part A1 Interpretation
Note: States and Territories may vary or add to the definitions contained in A1.1 at the relevant State or Territory Appendix.
If a word is not defined in this Part, the meaning (if any) attributed to it under AS/NZS 3500.0 Glossary of Terms should be used unless the contrary intention appears.
- likely to be subject to significant snowfalls; and
- in New South Wales, ACT or Victoria more than 1200 m above the Australian Height Datum; and
- in Tasmania more than 900 m above the Australian Height Datum.
Figure A1.1 — CLIMATE ZONES FOR THERMAL DESIGN
Table A1.1 CLIMATE ZONES FOR THERMAL DESIGN - VARIOUS LOCATIONS
|Location||Climate Zone||Location||Climate Zone||Location||Climate Zone||Location||Climate Zone|
|Australian Capital Territory||Canberra||7|
|New South Wales|
|Albury||4||Byron Bay||2||Lord Howe Island||2||Sydney West||6|
|Batemans Bay||6||Coffs Harbour||2||Newcastle||5||Thredbo||8|
|Bellingen Shire - Dorrigo Plateau||7||Grafton||2||Perisher Smiggins||8||Wollongong||5|
|Bellingen Shire - Valley & seaboard||2||Griffith||4||Port Macquarie||5||Yass||6|
|Bourke||4||Ivanhoe||4||Sydney East||5||Broken Hill||4|
|Alice Springs||3||Elliot||3||Renner Springs||3||Darwin||1|
|Brisbane||2||Longreach||3||Mount Isa||3||Torrens Creek||3|
|Bordertown||6||Leigh Creek||5||Mount Gambier||6||Renmark||5|
|Albany||6||Cocos Island||1||Kalgoorlie- Boulder||4||Port Hedland||1|
|Geraldton||5||Pemberton||6||Christmas Island||1||Halls Creek||3|
See also the Australian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
The level of qualification and/or experience required to determine whether a Performance Solution complies with the Performance Requirements may differ depending on the degree of complexity and the requirements of the regulatory authority. Practitioners should seek advice from the authority having jurisdiction for clarification as to what will be accepted.
- undertakes the piped distribution of drinking water ornon-drinking water for supply; or
- is the operator of a sewerage system or a stormwater drainage system.
A Network Utility Operator in most States and Territories is the water and sewerage authority licensed to supply water and receive sewage and/or stormwater. The authority operates or proposes to operate a network that undertakes the distribution of water for supply and undertakes to receive sewage and/or stormwater drainage. This authority may be a licensed utility, local government body or council.
- for a heated water service means the point where the water heater connects to the cold water service downstream of the isolation valve; and
- for sewage disposal means the point where the on-site drainagesystem connects to the Network Utility Operator’s sewerage system or to an on-site wastewater management system; and
- for stormwater disposal means the point where the on-site drainagesystem connects to the Network Utility Operator’s stormwater system or to an approved disposal system; and
- for a water service means the point where the service pipe within the premises connects to the Network Utility Operator’s property service or to an alternative water supply system.
- if legislation is applicable — a registered professional engineer in the relevant discipline who has appropriate experience and competence in the relevant field; or
- if legislation is not applicable—
- a Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineers, Australia; or
- eligible to become a Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, and has appropriate experience and competence in the relevant field.
- an organisation registered by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) to test in the relevant field; or
- an organisation outside Australia registered by an authority recognised by NATA through a mutual recognition agreement; or
- an organisation recognised as being a Registered Testing Authority under legislation at the time the test was undertaken.
A1.2 Adoption of Standards and other references
Where a Deemed-to-Satisfy Provision references a document, rule, specification or provision, that adoption does not include a provision—
specifying or defining the respective rights, responsibilities or obligations as between themselves of any manufacturer, supplier or purchaser; or
specifying the responsibilities of any trades person or other building operative, architect, engineer, authority, or other person or body; or
permitting a departure from the PCA, rule, specification or provision at the sole discretion of the manufacturer or purchaser, or by arrangement or agreement between the manufacturer and purchaser.
A1.3 Referenced Standards, etc
reference in a document listed in Table A3.1 (primary document) to another document (secondary document); and
subsequent references to other documents in secondary documents and those other documents,
is a reference to the secondary and other documents as they existed at the time of the primary document listed in Table A3.1
The provisions of (b) do not apply if the secondary referenced document is also a primary referenced document.
A1.4 Differences between referenced documents and the NCC
The NCC overrules in any difference arising between it and any Standard, rule, specification or provision in a document listed in Table A3.1.
A1.5 Compliance with all Performance Requirements
A1.6 Application of the NCC within a particular State or Territory
A reference to a building in the NCC is a reference to an entire building or part of a building, as the case requires.
A reference in a Performance Requirement of the NCC to "the degree necessary" means that consideration of all the criteria referred to in the Performance Requirement will determine the outcome appropriate to the circumstances. These words have been inserted to indicate that in certain situations it may not be necessary to incorporate any specific measures to meet the Performance Requirement.
A reference to Class 1a, 1b, 7a, 7b, 9a, 9b, 9c, 10a, 10b and 10c is a reference to the separate classification.
A reference to—
Class 1 — is a reference to a Class 1a and 1b; and
Class 7 — is a reference to a Class 7a and 7b; and
Class 9 — is a reference to a Class 9a, 9b and 9c; and
Class 10 — is a reference to a Class 10a, 10b and 10c.
A1.8 Explanatory information
These elements of the PCA are non-mandatory. They are used to provide additional guidance on the application of particular Parts and clauses and do not need to be followed to meet the requirements of the PCA.
Explanatory Information identified for cross-volume consideration is also provided under certain Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions to identify Parts of NCC Volumes One and Two – the Building Code of Australia (BCA) which may be relevant where the plumbing or drainage work being undertaken—
may interfere with the integrity of a building element or system; or
is subject to the requirements of the BCA.
Explanatory Information for the Performance Requirements contains both Objectives and Functional Statements. An Objective means a statement contained in the NCC which is considered to reflect community expectations. Functional Statements are statements which describe how a plumbing or drainage system achieves the Objectives. It is the ABCB’s intent that the Objectives and Functional Statements be used as an aid to the interpretation of the NCC and not for determining compliance with the NCC.
The ABCB gives no warranty or guarantee that the Explanatory Information is correct or complete. The ABCB shall not be liable for any loss howsoever caused whether due to negligence or otherwise arising from the use of or reliance on the Explanatory Information.